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Bob Stefanowski

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Biography

Personal

Political Experience

Professional Experience

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Additional Information

Bob Stefanowski (Republican) was a candidate for Governor of Connecticut. Stefanowski lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on August 14, 2018. In addition to running as a Republican Party candidate, Stefanowski cross-filed to also run with the Independent Party in 2018.

After graduating from Fairfield University with a degree in accounting in 1984, Stefanowski accepted a position at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1989, Stefanowski left PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he had become a senior auditor, to join Freeman & Mills, Inc. as a litigation consultant. In 1994, Stefanowski joined General Electric. Stefanowski spent thirteen years at General Electric before leaving the company in 2007, at which point he was the president and chief executive officer of the corporation's European corporate financial services branch. Stefanowski would later join 3i Group as the chairman and managing partner for Asia and the Americas. In 2013, Stefanowski joined UBS as the chief financial officer of the company's investment bank. Stefanowski left UBS in 2015 to join DFC Global as its chairman. In 2017, Stefanowski left DFC Global to become an independent consultant.

Education

  • Bachelor's in accounting - Fairfield University (1984)
  • MBA in finance - Cornell University
Elections

2018

General election
General election for Governor of Connecticut

Ned Lamont (D) defeated Bob Stefanowski (R), Oz Griebel (Independent), Rod Hanscomb (L), and Mark Stewart Greenstein (Amigo Constitution Party) in the general election for Governor of Connecticut on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Ned Lamont (D)
49.4
694,510

Bob Stefanowski (R)
46.2
650,138

Oz Griebel (Independent)
3.9
54,741

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Rod Hanscomb (L)
0.4
6,086

Mark Stewart Greenstein (Amigo Constitution Party)
0.1
1,254
Other/Write-in votes
0.0
74

Total votes: 1,406,803
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Governor of Connecticut

Ned Lamont defeated Joe Ganim in the Democratic primary for Governor of Connecticut on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Ned Lamont (D)
81.2
172,567

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Joe Ganim (D)
18.8
39,976

Total votes: 212,543
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Governor of Connecticut

Bob Stefanowski defeated Mark Boughton, David Stemerman, Tim Herbst, and Steve Obsitnik in the Republican primary for Governor of Connecticut on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Bob Stefanowski (R)
29.4
42,041

Mark Boughton (R)
21.3
30,475

David Stemerman (R)
18.3
26,177

Tim Herbst (R)
17.5
25,063

Steve Obsitnik (R)
13.4
19,102

Total votes: 142,858


Articles

Issue Position: Plan to Retain our Graduates

Jan. 1

Even with Connecticut graduates topping the national charts of the highest-earning graduates, our state is still facing a crisis with most graduates moving away (Source:"5 Connecticut Census Numbers That Should Scare Your Socks Off" -- Hartford Courant). We are losing jobs and losing our well educated young adults to other states and nearby cities like Boston and New York. The business climate in Connecticut is not attractive for young workers. Bob wants to build businesses, grow our economy, and bring in new workers. Starting with a welcoming business climate, he wants to bring innovative and startup jobs to Connecticut. Keeping more of our graduates will help ensure a bright future for Connecticut.

Issue Position: Plan to Keep Retirees

Jan. 1

Connecticut's onerous income, sales, gift, and inheritance taxes are driving retirees out of our state at alarming rates. In fact, in the 2015 tax year, Connecticut lost more adjusted gross income from residents deciding to leave than any other state in the country except one. We lost $1.3 billion in reported adjusted gross income in Connecticut for 2015 alone! Connecticut is the ONLY state in the country to have BOTH a gift and estate tax. Under Bob's leadership, the "death tax" will be removed day one, stemming the outflows of people, jobs and tax revenues from our state. We will reduce the burden of Connecticut's state income tax over time making it easier for our retirees to afford to stay in the state they love with their family and friends. As the articles below show, Connecticut retirees are feeling the pain.We need to provide a better economic environment for all of our residents: "Why I fled Connecticut -- and how much money I saved" -- CT Viewpoints"Census: Thousands Of Connecticut Residents Moving To Other States, Fewer Moving In" -- Hartford Courant"WHY ARE PEOPLE MOVING OUT OF CONNECTICUT AT AN ALARMING RATE?" -- i95 Rock

Issue Position: Plan to Modernize Our Infrastructure

Jan. 1

In a recent US News study, only 14.6% of Connecticut residents said they were satisfied with the status of our infrastructure. Bob has been working with dozens of small business owners, private citizens and economic experts like Dr. Arthur Laffer to come up with a detailed plan on how to fix our economy as well as our crumbling roads and bridges. Some elements of this plan include: Streamlining the approval process for major construction programs. We need to ensure the integrity of our beautiful towns, rural areas and open spaces in Connecticut. But once decided, the administrative process for rebuilding and enhancing our roads, bridges, airports and tunnels needs to be faster. We need to cut the "red tape" that often delays critical infrastructure projects by 50% or more. Spend money where it counts! We need to cut the wasteful spending habits of Dan Malloy and the career politicians and reinvest money in our infrastructure to the benefit of everyone in this state. That is money that could re-directed to improve our crumbling infrastructure and benefit everyone in this state, rather than a select, few, privileged politicians. Encourage Connecticut financial institutions to be part of the solution We should encourage our local banks to consider financing more economic development in our state. Various programs such as the Community Investment Act and low-cost loans from the Federal Small Business Loan Program could provide an incentive for Connecticut based banks to support projects to improve our infrastructure. It will allow them to increase their business activity, create more local jobs for construction projects and improve the quality of life for all residents. Investigate using public-private partnerships to help rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. In a PPP, a government agency contracts with the private sector to rebuild an airport, transportation system or other critical assets. The private sector partner brings the technology, expertise and actual experience running a business that our career politicians desperately lack. The private partner funds part of the cost of construction, allowing us to improve the state's transportation system without adding to our already massive budget deficit. Other states have used this model to improve the quality of their infrastructure -- faster, cheaper and better than the state government has any chance of doing. With the proper supervision and a business person experienced in negotiating these partnerships, PPP's can be a very efficient way to rebuild our state. Bob has successfully worked on a wide variety of projects around the world and can bring that expertise to the governor's office. It will take all the tools at our disposal to repair years and years of neglect to our roads and bridges. But we have many assets to draw on and with the proper leadership, we can begin the process of rebuilding our state now!

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